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Kicking Back and Giving Back. With the America’s Cup mired in the courts and a multihull match looming, something, Peter Holmberg’s decision to step away from sailing’s premiere event after his stint as a helmsman for Alinghi, seems prescient. While his former teammates were trying to salvage Alain Gautier’s trimaran, which they capsized during training last weekend, Holmberg was back on Pillsbury Sound in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the same waters upon which he and his brother learned to sail 40 years ago. We took a moment to catch up with the most famous sailor to call St. Thomas home and find out what plans he has for himself in the near future.
Going South. Way South. North American sailors are quite familiar with the value of heading south to escape the winter doldrums. Sailing World editor at larger Herb McCormick took this concept to new heights, heading to Australia for two months. He took a deep gulp of the sailing lifestyle in Australia and Southeast Asia and came away fully impressed. He gives us the run down on his antipodean adventures.
Where did it go? 2008 Acura Key West Race Week is in the books and it’s hard to imagine five days passing any faster. The last one was a doozy, three races for all circles in a blustery post-frontal northerly. It certainly put a nice cap on the week. Two boats that came through in the clutch on the final day were Dave Ullman’s Melges 24 Pegasus 505 and Andy Fisher’s Club Swan 42 Bandit. Both had to overcome a few hurdles on the way to their respective class championships. Both were proud of the work put in by their crews.
When he puts the holidays in the rear view mirror, Tom Coates thoughts move right to Acura Key West Race Week. For nearly a decade, January has involved a trip to the Florida Keys for some racing. Almost as regularly, Coates has done well. With five races remaining, he’s perfectly positioned to win his fourth J/105 class title at Key West. We talked with Coates about the regatta. Also a one-on-one conversation with Alinghi’s Brad Butterworth where we discuss the battle with close friend Russell Coutts at BMW/Oracle Racing and the new 90-footer that Alinghi would like to use to race the next Cup.